By virtue of the St. Louis Cardinals’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago Cubs have officially clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season.
The Cubs, who are now in a mathematical tie with the Brewers for the division lead, can finish no worse than the second wild card spot in the National League, meaning that they will advance to the postseason for the fourth year in a row.
The team has never accomplished that feat, having last made the playoffs three years in a row between 1906 and 1908.
The Brewers, thanks to their win over the Cardinals, also clinched a playoff berth, joining the Cubs and Atlanta Braves in the postseason.
The Cubs are still hoping to best the Brewers for a third straight Central Division crown. If they are able to do so, they will begin the National League playoffs on Oct. 4, but if they slip into the Wild Card Game, that contest will take place on Oct. 2.
Their magic number to clinch the Central remains five, pending the results of Wednesday’s game at Wrigley Field.